Binance Australia Suspends Bank Transfers: Impact on Crypto Services and Future Regulations

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Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, recently suspended fiat on- and off-ramps via bank transfers in Australia, further limiting the options available for local users to purchase cryptocurrencies. This move includes the suspension of trading for Australian dollar (AUD) pairs. The shutdown of deposits and withdrawals has been linked to previous developments affecting Binance in Australia.

Earlier this year, Binance’s local derivatives arm informed its users that certain positions and accounts would be closed for those who didn’t meet the requirements to be considered wholesale investors. According to Australian law, a wholesale investor should have net assets of at least $2.5 million or an annual gross income of at least $250,000.

Following the closure of non-compliant accounts, local regulators launched a “targeted review” of Binance’s local derivatives operations. In April, the Australian securities regulator canceled Binance Australia Derivatives’ license, and in May, Binance Australia announced the suspension of AUD services after its local payment services provider, Zepto, was instructed to do so.

Binance is currently searching for a new payment provider to continue offering AUD deposits and withdrawals. Meanwhile, users in the country can still purchase and sell crypto using credit or debit cards, and peer-to-peer trading continues to operate normally. The remaining AUD balances in user accounts have been converted to Tether (USDT).

The debanking of crypto firms has prompted Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao to consider purchasing a bank. Australian-based cryptocurrency exchanges have also been working to mitigate contagion fears following the recent events. While this move may seem bleak for those who solely rely on bank transfers, it also drives the industry forward towards better regulatory frameworks and more secure financial services.

In conclusion, the suspension of bank transfers for Binance Australia has led to debates about the future of digital currency services in the country. While it may seem like a setback for the industry, it also highlights the need to address existing risks and ensure a stronger regulatory environment that benefits both investors and companies in the long run.

Source: Cointelegraph

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